Friday, July 31st, 2009

Smashbox Cosmetics – Eyeshadows – Photos & Swatches (Part 1)

Smashbox’s Eyeshadows ($16.00 each) include thirty-two shades of ultra smooth, well-pigmented eyeshadows. Most of the eyeshadows are shimmery, with just a few having more satiny or matte finishes. Their eyeshadows are also touted as hypoallergenic, paraben-free, and fragrance-free. I was actually quite surprised by how smooth and velvety they felt, not to mention everys ingle one had amazing color pay off. Many of the shades are even more striking in person than they are in photos, too! The price point is not too hard to swallow either, which is always a plus.

Where to Buy: Nordstrom.com

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Friday, July 31st, 2009


Smashbox Ecstasy Blush

Smashbox Cosmetics – Blush Rush Blush – Photos & Swatches

Smashbox’s Blush Rush Blushes ($24.00 each) are available in eight shades. It is a powder blush with soft sheen or subtle shimmer, but nothing glittery or chunky in the least bit. Smooth texture, well-pigmented (but not intensely pigmented), these blushes offer great colors for everyday wear. We were able to snap photos and grab swatches of six of the eight (missing Heartbreak and Paradise) at our local Smashbox counter. Flush and Chiffon were my faves! (Chiffon is curiously a bit like NARS’ Orgasm.)

Where to Buy: Nordstrom.com

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Friday, July 31st, 2009


Pout, Scoop, Candid, Radiant, Pop, Flash, Pop

Smashbox Cosmetics – Lip Enhancing Gloss – Photos & Swatches

Smashbox’s Lip Enhancing Gloss ($18.00 each) comes in three different finishes: sheer color with full shine but sheer color; true color, which has a softer shine and medium opacity; and full color, which is the most pigmented with high shine. There are eleven shades in sheer color, nine shades in true color, and six shades in full color. Lip Enhancing Gloss is non-sticky, thin to medium in texture, and fairly moisturizing. They last so-so on lips–I get a few hours of wear–and they have a nice glossy finish.  Here is a selection of swatches and photos of some of the Lip Enhancing Glosses (all the ones my Smashbox counter had)!

Where to Buy: Nordstrom.com

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Monday, June 29th, 2009

Smashbox Reign Collection for Fall 2009

The Smashbox Reign Collection is inspired by the ruling era of the English Tudors—an imperial court mired in salacious scandal and royal indulgence. The products featured in this collection are luxe, sexy, and indulgently sensorial, giving a glimpse into the extravagant lifestyle of royalty.

Eye Shadow Palette ($42.00)

  • Majesty Peach champagne, plum burgundy, black
  • Monarch Light gold, bronze, taupe trio

Jet Set Palette ($48.00)

  • Matte black/dark brown, Gold and metallic brown liner duos

Fusion Blush ($32.00)

  • Regal Soft peachy pink

Lash DNA Mascara ($19.00)

  • Plum Muted eggplant

Lip Gloss ($18.00)

  • Crowned Sheer peachy pink

Doubletake Lip Color ($22.00)

  • Amaretto Pinkish nude/warm nude
  • Currant Deep plum/dark cherry

Available: Now at Sephora.com

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Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Smashbox Limitless Long Wearing Lip Gloss ($21.00) is a new gloss formula from Smashbox to debut this summer season. It’s a long-wearing gloss that’s supposed to give you wear of up to six hours. The formula is also touted as being non-sticky and non-drying. It’s definitely not sticky like MAC lipglass, but the texture is fairly thick while the the doe applicator doesn’t let you apply too much gloss at all.

The gloss does have SPF 15 (7.5% Octinoxate, 3.0% Avobenzone) in it, which is always a nice benefit to have. The color range includes six shades, ranging from nudish beige to raspberry pink to deeper beige. The color I tried was Nonstop, which is a raspberryish shade. It has pretty shimmer in it, and it does give my lips some color. It kind of deepens and brightens up the natural color without being too bright. The new Limitless Lip Glosses are great if you’re looking for sheer gloss that’ll wear well for about four to six hours.

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Saturday, May 9th, 2009


Packaging

Smashbox’s Untamed Collection is their summer launch featuring six new products, plus four shades of their Waterproof Shadow/Liner Duos. They launched two glosses, two eyeshadow/liner trios, creamy cheek color, and a brightening pencil.

I tested out the Untamed Waterproof Shadow Liner Trio in Savage ($29.00), which features a soft, beigey-pink, deeper olive green, and a warm, shimmery brown. They’re all creamy shadows designed to use as liners, bases, or eyeshadows. They are waterproof, therefore crease-proof, too. Just be sure to prepare yourself for the size of this product, because each part of the trio is fairly small. It’s not necessarily a bad value, it’s just surprising.

Terracotta Creamy Cheek Color ($24.00) is a soft, fleshy reddish-brown color that goes on sheer and creamy. It’s easy to blend, and it looks very natural on the face. It’s definitely not an overwhelming color, and it is a nice alternative to bronzer, too.

I also tried Untamed Lip Gloss in Raw ($18.00), which is described as a deep red. I’d have to say it’s more like a semi-sheer reddish brown, over a “deep red.” I really thought I’d like this shade, but it’s not as red as I was hoping for. It looks better on my lips than I expected it, too, though, because it goes on fairly sheer and just gives my lips more of a brownish-red tint.

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